image of fr. Dennis ChristFr. Dennis Chriszt, C.PP.S., is celebrating the 40th anniversary of his ordination this year. 

Fr. Chriszt, a native of Cleveland, was incorporated as a Missionary of the Precious Blood on June 30, 1978, and was ordained on June 12, 1982, at Immaculate Conception Church, Celina, Ohio

His first assignment after ordination was as parochial vicar at St. John the Baptist Church in Whiting, ind., from 1982-87. From 1987-93, he was parochial vicar of St. Andrew Church, Orlando.

Fr. Chriszt was appointed interprovincial director of advanced formation in 1993. In 1998, he was named director of vocation ministry.

In 2002, Fr. Chriszt formed Precious Blood Parish Missions, a ministry that he directed through 2010. He served as director of the interprovincial special formation program from 2003-08.

In 2009, he traveled to Tanzania, where he was an adjunct faculty member of the Salvatorian Institute for Philosophy and Theology.

From 2010-2016, Fr. Chriszt served as the founding pastor of the Church of the Resurrection in Cincinnati. He served as the Missionaries’ director of advanced formation from 2016-2022. 

Fr. Chriszt, along with all Missionaries of the Precious Blood 2022 jubilarians, were honored at the 2022 Assembly and again at a Mass at St. Charles Center on July 1, the Feast of the Precious Blood. 

“These Missionaries have devoted their lives to our Congregation’s mission and ministries,” said Fr. Jeffrey Kirch, C.PP.S., provincial director of the United States Province. “We are glad to honor them and to appreciate their service to our Church and our Congregation. May God bless them for their faithfulness.”